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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 240947
Last updated: 30 September 2020
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Date:04-SEP-2020
Time:18:30 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE35 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft V35B Bonanza
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N818S
C/n / msn: D-9101
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Sequoia National Park, near Three Rivers, Tulare County, CA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Visalia Airport, CA (VIS/KVIS)
Destination airport:Needles Airport, CA (EED)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
On September 4, 2020, about 1148 Pacific daylight time, a Beechcraft 35 airplane, N818S was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Three Rivers, California. The pilot and the passenger sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

After family members of the pilot became concerned when he did not arrive at his intended destination, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an alert notice (ALNOT) for the airplane. The wreckage was discovered in mountainous terrain in Sequoia National Park early morning on September 5, 2020. According to first responders, a postcrash fire ensued following the impact.

Preliminary radar data depicted a primary target consistent with the accident airplane depart Visalia Municipal Airport (VIS), Visalia, California, about 1125 and flew east on a 1200 non-discreet code. The airplane flew toward rising terrain south of Silver City, California, and the last recorded radar target was about 1148.

The pilot was flying in an area of reduced visibility due to smoke from nearby wildfires.

There were no reported witnesses to the accident sequence.

Sources:

https://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/story/news/2020/09/05/visalia-pilot-passenger-crash-sequoia-national-park/5730195002/
https://www.nationalparkstraveler.org/2020/09/plane-crash-claims-two-lives-sequoia-national-park
https://www.asias.faa.gov/apex/f?p=100:95:::NO::P95_EVENT_LCL_DATE,P95_LOC_CITY_NAME,P95_REGIST_NBR:04-SEP-20,THREE%20RIVERS,N818S
https://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=818S
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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
05-Sep-2020 23:10 Captain Adam Added
06-Sep-2020 00:07 RobertMB Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
06-Sep-2020 09:03 RobertMB Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Narrative]
06-Sep-2020 09:33 A.J.Scholten Updated [Source]
08-Sep-2020 16:09 RobertMB Updated [Time, Registration, Location, Source, Narrative]
22-Sep-2020 23:07 Captain Adam Updated [Narrative]

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